Military claims NPA extorted P25 M last year

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MANILA, Philippines—The New People’s Army raised P25 million through various forms of extortion in 2012, the military said Friday.

The Armed Forces said in a statement that with the start of the campaign for the midterm elections in May, communist insurgents were expected to step up their extortion activities, the Armed Forces said.

On Thursday, military spokesperson Col. Arnulfo Burgos said NPA guerrillas in Eastern Samar were demanding P1 million from gubernatorial candidates in exchange for a permit that would allow them to campaign in peace without harassment from the rebels. But the latest information from the AFP showed that much higher rates—P5 million for the gubernatorial candidates; P500,000 for candidates for vice governor and congressman; P100,000 for mayor and board member, P75,000 for vice mayor and P50,000 for councilor—were being demanded elsewhere in Eastern Visayas.

The military said that in the 2010 elections, the communist insurgents issued color-coded cards with serial numbers guaranteeing candidates who paid for permits that they would be allowed to campaign in rebel-infested areas.

The military said these extortion activities by the communist insurgents violate civil liberties such as freedom of speech and assembly.

Voters are also deprived of the chance to know the candidates who are prevented by the NPAs from campaigning for not giving in to their demands, the military said.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    25 millions are even not peanuts compare to what the AFP are used to steal.

    Could guess it’s only one General six months pocket money.

    It will be more interesting to know the barefoot army abuses done to the world poorest farmers

  • mangtom

    So what does the military do about it? Just stand idly by and let these lazy bones conduct their extortion activities unhampered? Where are all the PMA grads? It was a waste of government money to send them through PMA if they don’t know how to handle such a problem. Or are they scared to get killed in an encounter with the extorting rebels? 

    Simply put, this is unconscionable. The AFP ought to go after them and be done with it. What is Malacanang doing about this? 

  • Guest

    Extortion by NPA.

    Extortion by AFP.

    Extortion by PNP.

    San pa lulugar si Juan dela Cruz?

    • CommonSens6

      It’s OK, brod… exempt si Juan de la Cruz dahil walang pera. The only thing he can/should do is not sell his votes to those corrupt politicians. Pero paano nga– mahirap, yon lang ang arian nyang pwedeng ibenta. Change has to start at the roots. Sad but true. Cheers!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    kala ko wala na ang NPA? tsk tsk stk

  • CommonSens6

    The reason why the Filipino farmer is poor is there is no money in small scale farming. More money can be had by joining the NPA… easy pa’t hindi pinagpawisan. I don’t think for a minute the AFP has time to harass the lowly farmer (me pera ba siya?)… unless he is an NPA.
    Corruption in the AFP still exists but it’s slowly changing. Cheers!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public

    Yung mga aktibista natin, saan na kayo? 

    Bakit hindi kayo mag-rally na “pigilan ang page-extort ng NPA” sa mga tao?

    Sino ba ang nag-founder ng NPA sa Pilipinas?

    Bakit hindi kasuhan, hulihin at patawan ng matinding parusa?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    25 millions is less than the yearly Senate Christmas hold up habit !

    Poor NPA, only peanuts left after sharing the loot and risking their life.

    AFP humor should be appreciated

  • MULEN

    25 million is an understatement considering that Globe Telecom already caved in to the extortion demand of the NPA due to the huge operating losses the company incurred due to incessant cellsite bombings conducted by the NPA. Add the amount given by the mining and multinational companies  and the extortion exacted can easily top the hundreds of millions figure.  .

    • AlexanderAmproz

      How many billions by corruption, bearing NPA fruits ?

      NPA will vanished on the same time than the corruption will melt,
      as simple than that !

      A fish is getting rotten by the head.

      • MULEN

        What are you trying to impart? You’re way too incoherent. Pwede tagalogin na lang natin? 

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Dynasties, Clergy, Trapos and elites are the country malediction.
        The NPA are the result of a none existent Justice in a country run by the worst kind of criminals.

        Go in the countryside and observe the horrendous AFP abuses.

      • MULEN

        I don’t know what to make of you. Masyado kang atat mag-Ingles mali mali naman. Hindi lang grammar pero your thought process is horrendous that you ended up making a fool of yourself. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    2.5Billion could be closer. Mga punyeta mga yan! Hindi ila mahiya? Bakit Ayaw nilang magbanat ng buto? Mga tamad!

  • kismaytami

    Wala yan sa pasalubong at pabaon ng mga general nila.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    No corruptions, no Army Abuses, no NPA !

  • Luka Munyita

    Dami nang pera si Joma Sison na nagpapasarap sa Netherlands. Samantalang ang mga uto-uto nagpapakahirap sa bundok para mangrecruit ng mga batang no read no write para gawing red fighter.  Nagpapakahirap mangrecruit ng mga nerds sa state universities para gawing raliyista.

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